1898 - 1992

Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews, was born at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk on 19 April 1898, daughter of Charles Andrews and his wife Beatrice Martha née Trigg, who married at Bury St Edmund’s in 1893. In 1911, the family were living at 117 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmund’s from where Sybil attended the local art school. During the First World War she worked in Coventry, building aeroplane parts at Standard Motor Company, after which she moved to Bristol as an oxy-acetylene torch welder and, in her spare time, studied art by taking a John Hassall’s art correspondent course which introduced her to different artistic media, and sets her towards a career as an artist. After the War, she returned to Bury St Edmund's where she met Cyril Power [q.v.], who would influence her work, and with whom she would share a workshop for much of her early working life, and would later collaborate on commissions from The London Passenger Transport Board, signing their works with the pseudonym ‘Andrew Power’ and they had a joint exhibition at Crescent House, Bury St Edmund’s in December 1921. In 1922 Andrews enrolled at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London under Henry Gibbs Massey (1860-1934) and the following year Sybil opens her own studio at 33 Warwick Square, Westminster. She helped establish, and was the first secretary (1925-1928), the Grosvenor School of Modern Art learning to make linocuts under the influence of (Walter) Claude Flight (1881-1955). In 1928 she establishes a new London Gallery at 2 Brook Green, Hammersmith and begins to make drypoints of popular architectural subjects. Sybil had exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery 1929-1936, the National Gallery of Canada and at Prague, Vienna and Bucharest in 1935, also exhibited at Goupil Gallery; Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of British Painters 1922-1938 from London and Woolpit, Suffolk. In 1942 she started war work in the yards of the British Power Boat Company at Hythe, Southampton where she met Walter William John Morgan (1894-1986) who she married in 1943. After the war she returned to Bury St Edmund's but in 1947 moved to Canada making her home in the remote logging town of Campbell River, British Columbia. Sybil Andrews was elected to the Society of Canadian Painters, Etchers and Engravers in 1951 when her linocut 'Indian Dance' was selected as the presentation print. As well as teaching she continuing her own art and in 1975 completed one of her major works 'The Banner of St Edmund', which is hand embroidered in silks on linen and first conceived, designed and begun in 1930, this banner now hangs in the Treasury of the St James Cathedral, Bury St Edmund's. One of the largest collections of her work in public ownership is held by St Edmundsbury Borough Council Heritage Service, Bury St Edmund’s which includes a number of early watercolour paintings, executed while the artist was still living in Suffolk, and the Glenbow Museum, Canada, which is a major centre for the study of her work, with a collection of over 1,000 examples. Sybil died in Canada on 21 December 1992. She signed her work 'Sybil Andrews' with a long dash between the 'W' and the 'S'.

Works by This Artist